The other day I was reminiscing on my childhood (I'm 25 now) and one aspect that I found amusing in retrospect is how weird some aspects of it were and I'm wondering if any of you (most likely INTJs and INTPs) can relate to my experiences.
One thing I became obsessed with early were computers. They just made sense to me from the get go. We got our first computer in '96 when I was 9 years old. Within a few months I had become proficient with Windows 95 and the blazing-fast internet Within a year I had intuitively taught myself basic HTML/flash along with some Visual Basic programming and had a website with "appz" and hacks and what not haha; I think I had a movie and game review section as well, all for my probably non-existant fan base.
I even signed up for those “get paid to surf” websites where an ad banner sits on the bottom of your screen as for as long as your are active on the internet you were paid 50 cents an hour or something (which was actually worth something back then). Of course, I wrote a program that both hid the banner and tricked it into staying active all the time even when I wasn't on the computer. I ran multiple ones of these and made a ton of money...I sure would get pissed when our phone rang though! Sometime during all of this I was banned from AOL for figuring out a way to impersonate AOL employees in chatrooms. Of course I figured out some loop hole and proceeded to use multiple 1000 hour free trials repetitively for a couple of years, never having to pay for the internet (which I find weird since it was my parents who paid for it so why should a kid care about saving money on internet?) When those trial offers stopped, I hacked Netzero to run just like a regular ISP so I had more free internet for a pretty long time. By 8th grade I had an eBay account and was making some good money buying cheap things at the flea market and selling them for profit.
So thinking back, this seems like really strange behavior as a kid. But maybe some of you guys have a similar experience? Overall I feel like I was a pretty normal kid. I loved playing and watching sports (although I started gambling with my father and a friend on NFL and NBA games at age 11). But otherwise I went through a phase of pretending to be a spy, played with pogs/yoyos/Magic the Gathering along with performing magic tricks, playing tricks on my friends on AIM, video games and of course POWER RANGERS! I was so obsessed I even wrote a Power Rangers story, but I think this was like 3rd grade or something. I was so hyper that I hardly ever read or studied though, but managed to get alright grades. I got straight A's one time in 7th grade in exchange for a Nintendo 64 with CRUISIN USA from my parents which I was obsessed with.
I look forward to hearing from those who relate and hope you can share similar stories!